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24/11/22: US Navy's First Autonomous Surface Vessel Fleet to Arrive by 2023; Here's How USV Works

The U.S. Navy finally launched its Digital Horizon 2022 exercise.

The U.S. Navy's autonomous surface vessel fleet is now being prepared.

As part of its preparation, the defense department launched its three-week unmanned and AI integration event called "Digital Horizon."

Once the new autonomous surface vessel/unmanned surface vessel (USV) fleet is ready for deployment, it will be considered the world's first USV fleet.

US Navy's First Autonomous Surface Vessel Fleet to Arrive

According to Maritime Executive's latest report, the U.S. Navy's Digital Horizon 2022 event will test 15 different types of unmanned systems, including USVs.

Unmanned surface vessels are already being used in various industries. But there's no USV fleet yet used for defense.

NOAA explained that USVs are water vessels that can operate by themselves. They are commonly deployed by other ships.

After that, they can either explore the water surface alone or with other ships/USVs.

These autonomous surface vessels are usually used to collect data, support subsea counterparts, and provide real-time communications.

In the case of the U.S. Navy's upcoming unmanned surface vessel fleet, the USVs are expected to enhance regional maritime security and strengthen the area's deterrence.

"I am excited about the direction we are headed," said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command commander.

US Navy's Digital Horizon Event

The U.S. Navy's Digital Horizon 2022 event already began on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Since it is a three-week naval exercise, it is expected to end around Dec. 7.

(Photo : Photo by MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images) A Man-Portable Tactical Autonomous Systems (MANTAS) T-12 unmanned surface vessel (USV) sails alongside Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) Abdulrahman Al Fadhel in the Gulf waters during a joint naval exercise between US 5th Fleet Command and Bahraini forces, on October 26, 2021.

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